PATC Annual Meeting
Tuesday, November 15: at 7:00-9:00 PM, PATC 2022 Virtual Annual Meeting. You can "attend" this year's PATC Annual Meeting through Zoom. Our guest speaker is Ranger Angela Crenshaw, who will give a talk entitled "Harriet Tubman: The Ultimate Outdoorswoman." To read Ranger Crenshaw's bio, please visit www.patc.net/AnnualMeeting2022
Zoom Info to join the meeting:
Notice from Shenandoah National Park: Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Pat Kenney announced that the Park now has a new option for visitors to track campground site availability, Skyline Drive status and other important safety alerts via text. The new visitor alert system allows the public to opt in to two separate information channels to receive updates. Subscribers to the new SHENALERTS will get emergency notifications and significant event texts. These alerts will include hazardous situations, road closures on Skyline Drive, wildland fires, and other significant incidents that may affect visitors’ time in Shenandoah National Park. To subscribe, text SHENALERTS to 888777. A separate information channel has been established that allows subscribers to track campground availability by texting SHENCAMP to 888777. On weekends, subscribers will receive an early afternoon text about the number of available campsites at each campground. An additional text will be sent when each campground fills. “We hope this new system will provide valuable information to the public for planning their visits to Shenandoah,” said Park Superintendent Pat Kenney. North River Ranger District's 90 Mile/Hour Challenge
We have gotten off and running with the NRRD's 90 Mile/Hour Challenge. So far we have four who have notified Jean that they have completed the Challenge. John Burkhardt, Jean Stephens, Jim Fye, and Lavern Beachy. There are more of you out there! Contact Jean to get your patch when you have completed the challenge. Click here for more about this challenge:
On Thursday, October 20, Pam and Jean gave a presentation to the Bridgewater Retirement Community on their adventures on the Appalachian Trail, as well as what PATC does. They also gave suggestions on local hikes that the residents might enjoy.
As of July 1, 2022 Virginia law now allows hunting on Sunday on public and private land, including National Forest System lands.
I’m planning to use a trail in the national forest during hunting seasons, what should I do?
- Wear bright clothing. Make yourself more visible. Choose colors that stand out, like red, orange or pink, and avoid blacks, browns, earth-toned greens and animal-colored clothing. Orange vests and hats are advisable.
- Keep your dog visible, too. Have your dog wear an orange vest and stay close to you.
- Make noise. Whistle, sing or carry on a conversation as you walk to alert hunters to your presence. Sound carries well across mountain basins, and hunters should be listening for any sounds of animal movement. Stay on designated trails. Hunters expect people to be on National Forest trails, and may assume the noise they hear from someone bushwhacking through the woods is an animal and not a human.
- Be courteous. Once a hunter is aware of your presence, don’t make unnecessary noise to disturb wildlife. Avoid confrontations.
- Make yourself known. If you do hear shooting, raise your voice and let hunters know that you are in the vicinity.
- Know when hunting seasons are. Continue to hike, but learn about where and when hunting is taking place.
“Can't Feel At Home”, an original play by Dr. John Glick will be presented at Court Square Theater from Thursday, December 1 through Sunday, December 4th.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about the history of Shenandoah National Park and the families that lived there. Be sure to get your tickets soon. They are going fast.
Thurs (12/1) 7:30
Fri (12/2) 7:30
Sat (12/3) 3:00 & 7:30
Sun (12/4) 3:00
Tickets cost is $20.00 Advanced and $25.00 At Door
Tickets available at: https://courtsquaretheater.org/